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We're on the Ballot, Now What?
June 16, 2018
First of all, thanks to all of you who have helped to get me on the Nov. 6 ballot for Governor. It is a big deal! It means we can continue to have the conversations we need to have if we are going to tackle the big problems facing us. It means we still have a chance. It means we can still shape the conversation, and our future.
Secondly, I'd like to share with you that I'll be on here a lot more putting out content, talking about what is going on, and asking for your feedback. Your participation is critical, because we need to have more conversations. Not just between you and me, but between you and your neighbor, you and your co-worker, you and your family. I'm not running for office to put my platform into place, I am running for office to put your platform in place, to serve all the people of Wisconsin. And that won't happen without talking with the people in your life about the things that truly matter.
To start, let's plan on spending the next month or so talking about taking back our government as that is the primary means we have at our collective disposal to address the problems of long term environmental and economic sustainability. Most people agree that these are absolutely critical issues, yet we do little, if anything to address them. Why is that? Experts agree that thinking and talking about these issues are difficult for two reasons. First of all, they are large, complicated problems and it takes a lot of effort to even begin to understand how to define them, let alone address them. And secondly, it's not in our nature to worry about far off consequences. We have evolved to focus on immediate threats and the usually short term fixes to address them, not on problems that are in what feels like the distant future.
But I say enough of that kind of thinking. Those are excuses. We are from Wisconsin and we don't make excuses. I say right here and right now is where we start dealing with the hard problems. We've done it before and we can do it again. Right here in Wisconsin, where on March 20, 1854 in a schoolhouse in Ripon, anti slavery activists and economic modernizers formed the Republican Party out of the ashes of the Whig party. Right here in Wisconsin, where Bob LaFollette was a national leader of the progressive movement, which "arose as a response to the growth and influence of large corporations, pollution and fears of corruption in American politics." The movement also pushed for child labor reforms and advocated voting rights for women.
We have a history here in Wisconsin of doing the hard work and solving the hard problems. Let's do it again. Let's talk about the difficult problems that face our society, let's rise up to the challenge, and let's become the people and the age that future generations can be proud of.
So please join me in conversation as we explore our current system, how we got here, and what we all think is both right and wrong with it. So put on your critical thinking hats, find your inner skeptic, and let's get started!